siriusxm4-200x300Satellite radio seems to be something people either fall in love with, or can’t understand why anyone would. I’ve been a loyal XM listener for years. To my surprise, XM’s merger with Sirius didn’t wipe out my favorite channels.

Now, I’ve got the music device I wished for in 2004: An iPod that tunes into XM.

148apps editor Jeff Scott has been jonesing for this app for a while, to the point of hounding the company’s PR department. His reaction to the app, which showed up unannounced in the App Store today, is pleasant surprise that it isn’t restricted to Wi-Fi only:

Interestingly, the Sirius XM app works over 3G. We’ve seen multiple instances of AT&T or Apple blocking apps the stream audio or video from doing so over the 3G network and restricting them to using Wifi only. This app was approved, perhaps because it’s a subscription model and is expected to have fewer users than other streaming apps. You can never tell what’s in the minds of the people that approve or reject apps.

The company is offering a free 7-day trial. Pricing works like this: If you are not currently a subscriber, you can become a Premium Online subscriber for $12.95 a month and play all channels on your iPhone. If you have an existing non-Premium account, you can gain iPhone access by updating to Premium for another $2.99 per month.

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